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Sharkey, Jack

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Working name of US playwright and author John Michael Sharkey (1931-1992) for all his sf, which he began publishing with "The Captain of his Soul" for Fantastic in 1959; he produced about fifty stories over the first five years or so of his career, including several in the 1960s for Galaxy on Ecology. His sf novels, including The Secret Martians (1960 dos) and Ultimatum in 2050 A.D. (June-July 1963 Amazing as "The Programmed People"; 1965 dos), were enjoyable contributions to the genre. The protagonist in the first book is a thoroughly likeable Superman; the second tale is by contrast downbeat. He subsequently focused on plays, some of which, including Dracula, the Musical?: Book, Music, and Lyrics (1984) and The Bride of Brackenloch! (1987), were as by Rick Abbot. Most of his dramatic work consists of spoofs with mild Satirical content. He was not related to the boxer Jack Sharkey (1902-1994). [JC]

John Michael Sharkey

born Chicago, Illinois: 6 May 1931

died Laguna Hills, California: 28 September 1992

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